Archive for May, 2007

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Suddenly: The Last Summer?

May 30, 2007

II Thessalonians 2:1-2  “Now we beseech you brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.”

Hebrews 5:14  “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

These two passages are of great importance as we come into the final moments of the age.  The first is often overlooked as many, including myself, tend to jump down to the more prophetic verses in this chapter.  Basically, the saints are admonished to remain calm.  To not be rattled by anything that we see or hear concerning events taking place upon the earth.  It suggests that prior to Christs return, there will be both events and words spoken that would seek to move the saints from their steadfastness; including a great falling away as mentioned in verse 3.  The second passage is an admonishment to get in close to the Lord Jesus and have our spiritual senses sharpened by reason of use.  To be watching always.  A standing prayer of mine is a continual request for discernment as this is an age of unparalleled slumber.

There’s been this thing in my spirit and  any input is desired.  It’s almost a sense that “this is it.”  That this summer, we need to do whatever it is that needs doing because this is the final installment of this present situation.  We need to have our hearts right before the Lord and get rid of any deadweight such as bad habits, bad attitudes, carnal mindedness, strive, vainglory, slumberness, what have you.  This is because it’s all about to fall apart in the physical realm to a degree that if we’re not abiding in Christ and trusting him “completely,” we’ll be caught off guard and unprepared.  The time to prepare isa before the times of trying just as the time to fix the hole in the roof is before the rain comes.

I could be totally wrong on this and yet, in seeking on what to post today, this is front and center.  I’m always hesitant to write such things as I know that I could well not be seeing things right.  I have an imagination that leans toward the extraordinary and as such I have to be really careful concerning such postings as this. Therfore, the best thing to do is to offer it up and let the reader be of a discerning spirit.  This is not a “Thus saith the Lord” post; it’s merely what’s in my heart as this sense of urgency seems to be ratcheting up. 

In looking to the future, I again must give glory to God for the recent victory over runaway foolishness that manifested itself most dramatically while at work.  The “fun” that it generated has been replaced by a level of joy that resides far beyond the “fun-o-meter.”  It’s amazing how we’ll tend to hang onto things and even justify them to an extent.  yet when we finally have victory over them, the victory and increased closeness to the Lord Jesus is so awesome that we wonder to ourselves “why did I wait so long?”  I bring this up again for two reasons.  One, by making mention of it, I’ll remind myself to not let the situation deteriorate back into foolishness.  Two, it was very distracting and may well have led to a squandering away of a summer that’s already overloaded.  Should this indeed be the final summer for status quo, this victory is all the more critical.

Luke 21:19  “In your patience, possess ye your souls.”

Romans 5:3-5  “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience experience; and experience hope:  And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

II Timothy 3:10-11  “But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

Before continuing with a list of “patience” verses, this caught my attention as I was typing.  Paul mentions in acts 20:22-24 that he goes bound in the spirit to Jerusalem and that while he knows of the afflictions that await him, he counts it a joy to finish his course.  His heart is completely upon the lord Jesus Christ; so much so that no threat in the physical realm can move him.  I pray that we all would have this resolve, should we be called to a like situation in the future.  (Matthew 10:18-22 comes to mind)

Hebrews 6:12  “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

James 1:3-4  “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

James 5:10-11  Take my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.  Behold, we count them happy which endure.  Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have sen the end of the Lord; that the lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.”

A future post that’s been on my heart for months is a review of all the places where affliction and joy are coupled together.  Our joy is truly not linked to the events of this world but to our relationship with the Lord Jesus.  Two more verses.

Revelation 13;10  “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth by the sword must be killed by the sword.  Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” 

In conjunction with this, Philippians 1:28 is needful as well.

Revelation 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of jesus.”

A reading of Psalm 91 is also a good idea as it very much goes along with this theme.  (It takes patience to just stand while a thousand fall at your right side,) 

To stand when everything is being shaken.  Even if my thinking is off concerning timelines, this present reality is soon to be dissolved.  I was thinking earlier about all of the genetic modification going on along with the invasive electronic surveillance networks; all merging together into a demonic “borg-like” mega-structure.  Last night, a friend at work was telling how his wife went into a tanning place and had to place her thumb print on a screen.  Within seconds, all of her bank records, medical history, her whole life story almost, was dispalyed for all to see.  The hour is late; far later than most seem to be able to grasp.  I’m going to close for now.  I have some links written down that I’ll close with as they point to the perilosity of the times.  I wish all a great day in Christ.

www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55925

www.pressesc.com/01180202266_eevs

www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/2007/05/isp_privacy 

Greetings again.  I was just at scottis site and this is a most needful reminder.  Here’s a link.

www.scotti.wordpress.com/2007/05/28/merciful-high-priest/

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Checking In 5-27-07 (2145)

May 29, 2007

Psalm 119:54  “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.”

Greetings.  I plan to respond to all of the encouraging comments on the previous post as soon as possible; hopefully tomorrow.  As for the moment, the above passage really hit me tonight as to the awesomeness of Gods word.  The word of God being as “song” and our earthly dwelling being one of “pilgrimage.”  A song is, in a way, an amplification of that which is spoken.  Kind of like a love song is an enhanced way of telling someone that you love them.  The psalmist states that the statutes of the Lord are his “songs” thereby showing how much delight he finds in them.  Without a doubt, the word of God is sweet and his ways are definately the ways of liberty.  I hope that this doesn’t sound too goofy; I just woke up and have to leave for work in a few minutes.

Likewise the word “pilgrimage” refers to one being on a journey.  When one is on a journey, they don’t remain in one place too long as they are heading for a particular destination.  Our time in this world is indeed a pilgrimage as we strive to become more Christlike day by day and long for his appearing.  It reminds us that our time here is ever so short and that we look to a world without ending; an eternal city where we shall be forever with the Lord Jesus who purchased us with his own blood.  PRAISE GOD!  With this thought in mind, I’m now ready to go and spend the night in a factory making prop shafts for General Motors.  Again, I plan to get to all of the comments on the previous post if possible tomorrow.  I really appreciate all of the saints who are in the blogosphere.  Until then, I wish all a most blessed evening in Christ.

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Kingdom Hearts

May 26, 2007

John 15:19  “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of ther world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore, therefore the world hateth you.”

I Peter 4:3-4  “For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries.  Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot.”

I John 4:5  “They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them”

We love a God whom we have never seen, and yet he inhabits all of eternity.  We lay up treasure in a world that currently resides beyond the realm of observation; a kingdom that will remain when time and space have come to pass.  All who know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, have a most blessed hope and our affections will be in accordance with that blessed hope.  Physically, we abide upon the earth, but our heart and thoughts are in a heavenly realm where we shall be forever with the Lord Jesus and each other.  While the goal of many outside the household of faith may be to acquire all that they can, make a name for themselves, live to a ripe old age, and “enjoy their golden years,”  we rejoice, knowing that when this earthly tabernacle is dissolved we have a home that’s eternal in the heavens.   Our joy and peace isn’t dependant in any way to the circumstances of this life.  We look for a new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness. 

“And so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

As the realm of the everlasting becomes more focused and our love for Jesus grows, it becomes increasingly difficult to get excited about the things of this world.  I’m kind of rambling as this isn’t a prepared post.  (None of them are actually prepared to any extent.)  Yet this thought has been on my mind lately.  Perhaps it’s because so many seem overcharged with this present realm or perhaps it’s just that my “betwixt” is out of balance.  This world, which at one time seemed so promising and cozy, is but a land filled with reminders of days gone by when the heart pursued a more mundane agenda.  Increasingly, my only desire is obediance to the Lord Jesus; whatever the cost, and that the folks around me would know him as Savior; thereby partaking of the blessed hope that resides in my heart. 

Philippians 3:20  “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the lord Jesus Christ.”

My original blog was titled “Philippians 320.”  I can no longer access it for some reason, however, the title told of my hearts desire.  To talk about Jesus.  To talk of our great salvation and the world to come.  To admonish all who profess faith in Jesus to lay aside every little thing that would drag us down and long all the more for the moment when he tells us “come up hither.”  (We’ve all heard the phrase concerning the three little words that will make us walk on air.  For me, that phrase is “COME UP HITHER!”) 

Today, blogging has become much more than this as I’ve met a lot of folks who share the same desire.  They have “straightway forsaken their nets” on a level that I aspire to reach.  While so many professing saints in this area seem to be half-hearted, many whom I’ve met through blogging have their affections completely upon the Lord Jesus.  Their blogs and comments reflect this love for the Lord and words cannot adequately express the encouragement found here.  I think it would be so awesome if we were all in the same geological location.  (Eventually we will be)

Matthew 18:20  “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Acts 2:1  “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come,they were all with one accord in one place.”

I John 1:7  “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

I used to try and figure out what was wrong with me.  (I still do)  I have changed fellowships more than average.  So many places seem to have a love for this present world, a lack of discernment, a focusing upon material gain, or a general “carnal-mindedness.  Yet when I talk with the many saints out here, they’re so focused on the world to come that I’m “drawn” to them.  I’ve read accounts from Phil when they would go into a certain area and spend the whole day in prayer.  “I WOULD LOVE TO FIND A GROUP OF SAINTS WHO DO THIS.”  To spend all day in the presence of the Lord Jesus with no pre-conceived agenda!  I keep thinking that somewhere around here there must be some.   Tomorrow, I’m minded to visit a church south of Vandalia and, as always, I pray that my search can finally end.  (I know that most bloggers already have awesome fellowships; a fact which comes out in their posts.) 

Perhaps this is a good thing.  (As mentioned before, I’m rambling; thinking out loud, as it were-a dangerous practice when blogging)  Perhaps if I found a local group of Shirleys, Phils, Scottis, Rachels, Maries, Richards, Susans, Andreas, Davids, Peters, Jens, Rhondas, Carols, and all of the others whose names are too numerous to mention, I would become too “comfortable” here.  Perhaps I need to be in a seemingly “nomadic” situation as to keep my heart in the right place; longing for the age to come.  I don’t know.  Maybe I’m going nutty.  I know that when folks love the Lord Jesus and are focused on the world to come, there’s a spiritual connection.  A sweet fellowship in the spiritual realm.  On the other hand, when folks profess faith in Christ but are more interested in material acquisitions or supporting the neo-cons, there’s a desire to shake them vigorously and say “WAKE UP!”  

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” 

I need to close.  This is Memorial day weekend and as such, a lot of things are on the agenda.  David Meyers newsletter for June is posted; a little earlier than normal.  I would rerally recommend checking it out as he goes through the spiritual condition of this country and the world in general.  This current one is more needful than normal and I may comment from it later on.  Here’s the monthly link:

www.lasttrumpetministries.org/2007/June2007.html 

I wish all a great weekend in Christ.  A lot of spiritual warfare is underway concerning not only this household, but extended family as well.  I could go into all the details, but it would take up the rest of the weekend to explain it all.  All the more reason to walk soberly and be in continuous prayer.  I’ll close out with a verse that has been a favorite for years.

Psalm 84:10  “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand.  I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”

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Elvis has Left The Building! (It was really weird)

May 23, 2007

II Thessalonians 2:7-10  “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.  And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:  Even him, whose coming is after the working of satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

The following site was e-mailed to me by Peter (cumby) and I wanted to share it because it entails the mechanics of last days deception.  Deceptions that will appeal to the flesh and to common sense.  I often ponder how the various pieces will come together in the final moments of the age and if there would be a role for “extra-terrestrial” visitations.  Already the airwaves are filled with programming that upholds aliens, witchcraft, evolution, and almost anything that would seek to discredit the infalliable word of God.  Such a deception as an incident of “disclosure” would be certain to capture the hearts of nearly all while overthrowing the faith of many who are lukewarm or lacking in discernment.   In the following link, a book by Michael Luckman is discussed in which he chronicles the connection between various rock artists and UFOs.  This first installment involves Elvis.  Here’s the link:

www.spiritdaily.com/ufosandrock.htm  

Matthew 24:22-24  “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elects sake those days should be shortened.  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

As the age draws to a close, we can expect a sharp increase in supernatural activity that’s not of God.  As mentioned in previous posts, there are true signs, which will always glorify the Lord Jesus and will result in a deliverance or a revelation of truth.  They have a purpose of drawing folks closer to the Lord.  False signs and lying wonders do nothing but put on a show for the simple.  To cause them to follow after a way that seems logical but is a deadly falsehood.  With a culture that’s so entertainment minded and Hollywood feeding them an endless supply of programs that uphold principals contrary to scripture, one can see the danger. 

The numerous accounts of UFOs; I truly believe that folks are seeing these things.  Folks who have had “abduction experiences” I truly believe that they had an encounter with something.  I am also certain that the “entities with whom they interracted didn’t reveal their true identity.  I used to ponder the existance of extra-terrestrials; even after being saved.  After all, it seemed logical.  Yet there’s one glaring problem.  These “beings” appear to be far more advanced than  us, however, we are made in Gods image.  The creator of all that is, who has no beginning and no ending, made man in his own image.  These extra-terrestrial beings have the image of another.  (Big greys, little greys, and reptilians are the most common.)  Something is very wrong with this; even though they may appear to be trying to enlighten us.

It seems that the whole picture is starting to come together.  Through reasoning, lying wonders and a spiritual system that’s contrary to the gospel, (exhibited by the popularity of the new age movement, wicca, alien enlightenment, and whatnot) the population is being groomed to wonder after the beast.  In the United States, efforts to remove God from the memory of the populace are in full swing while political operatives from both major parties promote a globalist agenda.   Almost daily, something of significance taking place and yet the indifference of most is astonishing. 

Daniel 11;32  “And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.”

This passage in Daniel should cause us all to draw ever closer to the Lord Jesus.  To abide in him; even when it seems as though all of the evidence would point to another way.  To hold fast the profession of our faith and”endure unto the end.” As for Michael Luckmans book, I don’t know much about it.  I am convinced, however, that an incident of “disclosure may well be on the horizon and the faith of many could be endangered.  It’s something that we dare not take lightly.   Well I have to go for now.  Another busy day and a lot to get done.  I’ll try to get back later today.  Until the next time, I wish all a great day in Christ.

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School of Hard Knots

May 21, 2007

Proverbs 16:17  “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.”

This is a dangerous time to post as a lot of things are on my heart, there’s a million things to be done around here, Ella, our cocker spaniel, just had four puppies, (the father, “Solomon” is also a cocker spaniel and seems curious.) I have to make a run to Kalamazoo in a little while, and commenting may be done on issues; the complete details of which are still not completely understood.  Yet I’m drawn to this keyboard as a way of almost “thinking out loud” and inviting others to point out things that I may be missing. 

The campout was a real blessing; although,as usual, I go into such events expecting spiritual fireworks and instead it becomes another outing with the majority of time taken up by various activities.  Yet it was proof that kids can have a great time without all of the allurements of the world being at their fingertips.  The most comical moments came when the campgrounds pier going out onto Lake Chapin was filled with noisy scouters fishing at the same time.  Hooks flying everywhere and yet nobody was caught.  Ryan really likes fishing and this is a positive because when a kid is fishing, he’s not parked in front of a tv or some other pipeline that the enemy uses to infiltrate the minds of our youth.   (In fact, televisions, gameboys, and other such devices were not to be brought along.  Yet everyone had a good time.  Imagine that.) 

I spent a great deal of time this weekend undoing knots.  Twenty or so scouters fishing in a small area will yield knots that you never knew were possible to make.  I think it must be how the Lord feels when we constantly bring him our knots.  In fact, the day that he brought me out of the season of rebellion, this was the analogy that I used.  I told him that I had really made a tangled up knot of my life and asked him to please start unravelling it.  (In fact I was even remembering how I used to bring knots to my dad as a kid because I knew that he could unravel them.)  Today; he’s still unravelling.  I have complications in my life that exist because of decisions made while backslidden.  The Lord forgave me and the peace of God in my life is greater than at any other time.  Yet the seeds sown during that time still produce fruit and as such I have to be all the more cautious. 

Ryan seems to like fishing better than almost any other activity; even playing baseball.  I would wake Ryan up in the morning, he would look at me with that “half awake look” and utter “I think I’ll go fishing.”  So there he would be, on the pier before breakfast, hair sticking straight up on one side of his head, trying to get a bite.  If he could have spent the entire weekend on the pier fishing, he would have been perfectly content.  On moment that would have been comical had danger not been a factor was when a water moccasin was swimming around the pier and kids jumped in with nets trying to catch it before anyone could stop them.  Praise God that nobody got bit, hooked, or injured in any way. 

One thing that I’ve noticed lately; something that was amplified during the weekend, is the number of grandparents that are raising grandkids.  Whenever such a situation is in play, one knows that the normal flow of events has been interrupted.  It could be from an illness or untimely death, or it could be from certain folks not wanting to be responsible for their own.  Nonetheless, I know of several such cases.  Ryans closest friend is in such a situation as his mom simply doesn’t care for him.  (And she’s currently pregnant again)  One lady who was there is raising three grandkids.  The two boys are both in scouts while the daughter is only four years old.  Their dad passed away from a drug overdose and she really didn’t say too much about their mom.  She is a sweet lady and she runs a tight ship with the grandkids, but she needs to know Jesus.  This is a family that needs much prayer and there’s a sense that the daughter, “Carpathia” is going to be up against a lot of adversity more than the rest. 

The battles; the neverending conflict for the hearts of men, goes on relentlessly.  It takes place when we’re prayed up and when we’re in a carnal state of mind.  It takes place nonstop and we never know when a persons time will be over.  One thing that’s been driven home to me as of late is the importance of being atuned to this very thing.  It’s a neverending battle and it’s growing in intensity.  If we’re not walking close to the Lord Jesus now, we’ll be woefully unprepared for the times in which the agents of deceit are free to unleash their arsenal of signs and lying wonders.  I pray that we all would draw ever closer to the Lord and as such be prepared for whatever comes our way.

Yesterday, Ryan and I returned home and Morgan came over as well.  Her attitude seemed angrier than usual and it sometimes seems as though she’s determined to turn the rest of the kids against us.  This could be my imagination running amock, but she has, in times past, done things which are contrary to the well being of the household.    This is a situation in which one must be mindful of the spiritual warfare that’s in play and not succumb to the temptation to speak out from a carnal perspective.  To be firm insofar as not allowing nonsense to take place here, and yet praying and searching for opportunituies to share the gospel.  To be mindful that when I came to Jesus, it was a supernatural “revealing” that I was lost and undone.  Morgan needs to understand that she needs Jesus, but I can’t “make” her understand it. 

I would write II Timothy 2:24-26 here, but I’ve copied it down so many times in the past that I run the risk of becoming a “one-verse-wonder.”

 I can offer truth when opportunities arise, not be sidetracked by the tricks of the enemy, and pray that the Lord will open Morgans eyes; along with this household.  Sometimes I feel as though I’m somewhat “on the shelf” because I’m not in the streets of a major metropolitan area proclaiming the gospel.  (Such is a desire that I cannot escape)  Yet all of us; regardless of where we are, are in the thick of battle 24/7.  Whenever we decide to take it easy or relax, we should remember that there are entities just waiting for us to give them some space.  The second that we let our guard down, they’ll be all over it.  This verse just came to mind; although it needs to be read with the surrounding verses to acquire the full meaning. 

James 1:14  “But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”

I need to go.  I have to get to kalamazoo.  The puppies are doing well.  One is solid brown while three are brown and white like Solomon.  (Ella is a buff color)  Ella is doing really well; especially for this being her first litter.  Sorry for rambling.  I just saw that a major battle is taking place at a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon at this moment.  My understanding is that the Lebanese army has been battling insurgents who are held up in the camp.  Without a doubt, action must be taken to root out these jihadists, and yet one cannot help but to think of the souls who are in harms way.  Souls; be they Lebanese, Palestinians, or any others who may be in the vicinity, are priceless.  These are very sobering times and this situation in Lebanon is unfolding by the hour.  I pray that we all would be atuned to the Spirit as we never know what a day will bring forth.  Until next time, I wish all a great day in Christ. 

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The Happy Campers

May 18, 2007

Deuteronomy 6:6-9  “And these words which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and thou shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”

I think I should try writing bible verses on the woodwork and see how Kimberly responds.  (lol)  Seriously though, this weekend is going to be one in which my son Ryan and I have a lot of time together.  With my work schedule being as contrary as it is, the non-stop flurry of activity at home, and a family that doesn’t see the urgency of the hour, this is a great opportunity to talk with him concerning the deep things of God and salvation through Jesus Christ.  Prayerfully as to be led of the Spirit in this short time; void of the constant distractions that seem to acompany this family.  I really pray that the Lord will work on his heart at this tender age. 

It seems an uphill battle and yet I know that the battle is the Lords.  We need only to be obediant as he is the one who grants understanding and repentance.  Just as he opened my hardened heart to be receptive to his truth; so too can he do with anyone.  The influences of the broad way are numerous and they put on a very captivating show these days.  With the average home having three televisions, an entertainment industry that seems determined to continuouly reach for deeper levels of wickedness, and a world wide web piping the most diabolical of thoughts into the bedrooms of almost every child, the battle has never been more intense than now.  Yet even in this late hour; while the population is being collectively prepared to receive the beast system, Jesus is still standing at the door and knocking.  Saying to anyone who will hear his voice “Come to me and I will give you rest.” 

Sorry for being so dramatic, but these are dramatic times.  I’m going to strive to keep all in prayer this weekend; not only this household, but the many bloggers whom I feel a greater connection to than folks around here with whom I fellowship.  I have been pondering this as of late.  When you come across folks who are totally 100% committed to the Lord Jesus and love not this present world, there’s a special bond.  I know that I’ve said this before, but it really is true.  This is the primary reason that I continue to blog.  I think that we all are here for this reason; to exhort one another daily and keep each other in prayer.  I know that the time will come when this venue is no longer here but for this present moment, it’s a real blessing.     

Philippians 1:3  “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,”

Well I need to go for now.  Marie mentioned the global day of prayer (website mentioned on a previous post, but I can’t remember which one) that takes place on May 27.  Her church is having a ten-day period of special prayer leading up to it.  (Oh, how I would LOVE to find a group of saints around here who are so committed)  Thanks to all who stop by here.  I’ll try to get to everyones site as soon as we get back.  Please keep this family in prayer as the spiritual battles are intensifying, it seems, almost on a daily basis.  Until MOnday, I wish everyone a most blessed weekend in Christ.

Psalm 119:45  “And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.”

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Altered States

May 16, 2007

The following passage is probably one of the most quoted proverbs.

Proverbs 14:34  “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”

I think that everyone was surprised by the passing of Jerry Falwell.  In the days of my youth, his name had become the “default definition” of what a christian fundamentalist was; at least through the eyes of the world.  Known as one who never hesitated to call out sin by name, he was often ridiculed by folks, including me, before I was saved by the blood of Jesus.  After being born again, however, I came to appreciate the stand that he took in this regard; even though there are doctrinal disagreements.  In the later years, possibly the most bizarre comments were those concerning the “sexual orientation of Tinkie Winkie.”  It seemed strange to some, and while I have no idea as to the motivations behind Teletubbies, the whole country was discussing this comment.  The fact that it’s a sin for a man to lie with a man or a woman to lie with a woman was, for a time, front and center; even if Tinkie Winkie isn’t a proponent for such. 

Leviticus 18:22  “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

The comments made by both Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson concering the 911 attacks drew far more criticism and this is somewhat where the focus of this post is headed.   Their comments concerning this event were seen by many as inappropriate and simply out of touch.  While we can debate hours on end concerning this, the fact remains that when a nation abandons God, loves the pursuit of gain over truth, and its citizens become enfatuated with self, there will be consequences. 

Deuteronomy 32:28-29  “For they are a nation void of councel, neither is there any understanding in them.  O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end.” 

Last week, there was a history channel presentation about the Nimitz class aircraft carriers and the state of modern warfare technology.  A person watching this presentation could have come away feeling as though the U.S. military is “unbeatable.”  Just as the Romans once seemed invincable along with every nation to ever wear the crown of “superpower” one would think that, should the circumstances arise, we can just “blast our way to victory.”  Thus the warnings in Isaiah chapters 30 and 31 should be remembered in which the children of Israel were warned not to trust in the chariots of Egypt which, at the time, seemed every bit as invincable as a Nimitz class carrier battlegroup. 

Psalms 75:5-7  “Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.  For promotion cometh neither from the east , nor from the west, nor from the south.  But God is the judge: he putteth down one and setteth up another.”

God can lift up the most obscure of nations and he can cast down the most powerful.  The bible is filled with such incidents where the Lord raised up this kingdom or stirred up that king to fulfil his purpose.   Thus while we tend to place confidence in economic policies and political structures, a nations true well-being is dependant upon the relationship between its citizens and the Holy One of Israel.  When a nation seeks to remove every rememberance of God, there will be consequences.  Today, in the United States, we’re seeing the fruit of what happens when a nation turns its back on its creator.  The fact that the bottom hasn’t fallen out completely is proof that our Lord is ever so longsuffering and will grant every possible opportunity for folks to consider their ways.  In other words, as devastating as Katrina was or as horiffic as the 911 attacks were, both events could have been a whole lot worse.   (This is not to downplay either of these events as they were both very tragic. 

Suppose Katrina had passed just to the west of New Orleans, thereby causing the full brunt of the storm to pass over the crescent city.  A city known as a haven for witchcraft, sexual perversion, and everything that one can imagine.  Suppose the planes on 911 had targeted nuclear power plants.  It could have been SO MUCH MORE CATASTROPHIC.  The Lord is merciful beyond what we can comprehend, yet the time comes when judgment is at hand.  I praise God for each day that the power is on and the mail is running.  It’s another day where somewhere, a soul will come to Jesus and every single soul is priceless.  (eternal and priceless)  I also know that the day will come when this season of peace and safety will be a memory. 

Lamenations 3:21-24  “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”

Today, on May 16, 2007, I have no confidence in the political aparatus which is corrupted at every level or the chariots of Egypt; though they be many and diverse.  My peace and joy doesn’t depend on the leading economic indicators or the price of gas on a given day.  I don’t hold my breath in anticipation that one day the folks at CNN will realize that they’ve been missing the big picture by a country mile and will start alerting their viewers to the globalist agenda.  I do, however, expect them to, one day in the future, announce that, because of the most recent catastrophic events, everyone will have to receive a chip for their own safety.  Our confidence should be completely in the Lord Jesus who has promised to be with us always and not in the entities of flesh and atoms. 

In Jeremiah 39:15-18 we read of an event in which Jeremiah was shut up in the court of the prison.  (I’m paraphrasing)  The Lord sends him to comfort Ebed-Melech, the Ethiopian who appears to be fearful of the Babylonians.  In verse 16 the Lord explains that his hand is upon the city for evil and not good; the same fashion that it will be upon any place that continually walks in the ways of iniquity.  In verse 18, the Lord tells how he will deliver Ebed-Melech, despite those things that are coming to pass because “he has placed his trust in the LORD.”  Regardless of what befalls a nation, God knows them that are his and while things in the ambience are coming apart, he will sustain his own.  He really is in control.  The kings of the earth will meet and “speak lies at one table” all the while God is holding their very breath in his hand. 

Daniel 2:20-21  “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:  And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.”

This is so comforting; to know that God is in control and that he takes care of all who place their complete trust in him.  Those who have set their heart firmly upon heavenly things and the everlasting world to come.  Those who love the Lord Jesus so much that nothing in this world can persuade them otherwise. 

I have to be going for now as to get some things done around here.  This weekend, I’ll be with Ryans boy scout pack at their campout.  I would ask for wisdom and discernment during this weekend.  Also for Ryan who shows more interest in the things of God than any other in my household.  Please pray that he’ll be receptive to truth.  Even being on third shift, I continue to have little time with the kids; especially one on one situations.  Ours is a very complicated household with complicated schedules.  It simply doesn’t to fall into any cookie cutter format.  I’ll be going for now.  I wish all a most blessed day in Christ and will leave with the following:

Psalm 33:12  “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

Greetings Again.  I just found an interesting site and thought to share it here.

www.livingjourney.wordpress.com   I Don’t have time to dig in too much at the moment, however, I plan to stop by when time permits.

Marie brought this link to my attention.  www.globaldayofprayer.com  Her church has a ten-day period of prayer leading up to May 27 which is the global day of prayer.  This must be an awesome church as they spend a lot of time before the Lord.